MC (Catalyst Instructor)
Hi. I'm MC. I specialize in trauma. I have an MA from the New School in New York, where I worked on mourning, grief and loss. I am about to get my PhD in philosophy from Boston University where I have been studying the philosophy of psychology, and most specifically trauma and its effects on our personal identity and sense of self. I've been coaching since 2013.
People ask me sometimes (ok, a lot of the time) how I can focus in on something that's so tough, so depressing, so sad. Here's the thing though - I don't think that trauma is depressing. I think it sucks to have to go through, and it can make us feel like the world around us has completely shattered. But I also think that it's a part of life, and I think that it's something that we can adapt to and heal from. I think with a little work, trauma is something that can actually enhance our lives, and help us flourish. All we need is someone to come with us down into the depths and shine a little light down there.
I believe that trauma is a kind of mental injury and not a mental illness. It is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation, and not a sign of weakness. I believe that the best way to begin healing trauma is by talking through what happened with an empathetic audience. This helps the memory of the event become a memory from the past rather than something that you continuously relive in the present. It also helps you understand the ways that trauma is effecting your daily life and relationships. Healing and adapting to trauma is possible. No matter what you've been through.
Since then I've been committed to researching and educating people about how they can adapt to trauma and live better, happier lives. I'd be honored to hear your stories and help you cope. I love coffee, dancing, sleeping late, watching movies, laughing, stupid puns, Walden Pond, chocolate chips, taking bike rides, garbage TV, nail polish, mezcal, the beach in California, Mexican food, boots, stupid puns, and feeling like I am getting away with something.
Trauma may be where I began my journey, but it's not my whole story. I also help people cope with:
- Grief and loss
- Career Changes
- Family Issues